California blinks: Will allow Republicans to act by same legal ballot-harvesting rules as Democrats

California blinks: Will allow Republicans to act by same legal ballot-harvesting rules as Democrats

[Ed. – The Republicans haven’t agreed to anything they weren’t already going to do; e.g., comply with the new ballot-harvesting law by delivering collected ballots within 72 hours. Democrats were just upset that Republicans set up unofficial ballot drop boxes — which is allowed under the new law (Dems used it in 2018) — in places like churches and gun stores.  The difference between the GOP in 2020 and the Democrats in 2018 is that Republicans won’t be visiting homeless camps to hand out cigarettes and other inducements in exchange for voted ballots.]

In an earlier response to Padilla, the California Republican Party said it would continue to accept mail ballots at boxes but promised some safeguards: The boxes will be attended to whenever the public has access to them, and ballots will be secured and then delivered to elections officials within the required 72-hour frame, the party said. The party pledged to not represent those boxes as “official,” saying a volunteer had done so in error, while arguing that the process was legal due to a 2018 law that loosened collection requirements. …

Republicans said they had been vindicated Friday after facing a barrage of criticism from Democrats, some of whom suggested Republicans should be prosecuted for election crimes. The party says it intends to keep boxes at venues such as churches and gun shops. The boxes materialized in counties that span competitive House districts.

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